A quick way to get heel heat in the world of Professional Wrestling is to declare your hatred for the United Sates and take on the persona of one of their enemies. More often than not, these performers were not from those countries, but back in the 70’s and 80’s had you told anyone that Ivan Koloff was not really a Russian, it would be hard to find anyone to believe you.
Ivan Koloff played the part of the evil Russian well.With his barrel chest and vicious look, Koloff looked meaner than others who wore the hammer and sickle emblem.Enjoying a long and prosperous career, Koloff racked up titles everywhere he went and has the distinction of being the wrestler who first dethroned Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship.If there was anyone who played the part of the evil Soviet wrestler better and longer than Ivan Koloff, we are hard pressed to think of him.
Should Ivan Koloff be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 90%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%